Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Beavin, Janet

  • Jasmine PickensEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_1030


Janet Beavin Bavelas, PhD, F.R.S.C. (February 12, 1940–)


Janet Beavin is a pioneer in the field of communication theory and contributed substantially to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) through her research regarding therapeutic and interpersonal communication. She authored several books including Personality: Current Theory and Research and has co-authored Pragmatics of Human Communication: A Study of Interactional Patterns, Pathologies, and Paradox, as well as the book, Equivocal Communication. She has published nearly one hundred articles in professional journals. Her work has been used to develop solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) as an evidenced-based practice.


Beavin began her education at Stanford University in 1961 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Beavin then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Communication Research in 1968, and a PhD in Psychology in 1970 also from Stanford University. Prior to completing her...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Alliant UniversitySacramentoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • David Kearns
    • 1
  • Bahareh Sahebi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Family MedicineUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.The Family InstituteNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA